1

I recall reading somewhere a word that was a synonym of "question that forces a yes/no answer", but I don't remember which word was it. Googling gives completely unrelated results.

The word might be restricted to political discussions as a tactic to make the opposite opinion to seem more extreme than it is.

Example:

A: - I think we spend too much money on NASA.

B: - But if the amount we spend is the minimum needed to make the findings we do, and even a bit less budget would mean zero findings, wouldn't you keep it as it is?

A: - You are using a _____, and here we can do other than yes or no.

1

From a linguistic point of view, this type of question is known as a yes-no-question, which is a type of close-ended question.

However, since you mention that this type of question can be used as a tactic, you may also be interested in the informal fallacy known as false dilemma, in which someone gives only two options or choices when there is in fact a bigger range of options.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.